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Cricket news - Bangladesh ramp up preparations for Sri Lanka tour

The squad has started a skill camp and is expected to leave on September 27.

The squad has started a skill camp and is expected to leave on September 27.

Bangladesh have ramped up their preparations for the tour of Sri Lanka, moving on from individual practice session to skill training ahead of the three-Test series.

BCB, after showing reluctance initially, eventually allowed cricketers to use their facilities for individual sessions and then allowed small groups to train together from July 19. The board has already named a 27-member preliminary squad for the tour and the players will move to a bio-bubble at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel from September 20 after their camp.

A total of 11 cricketers have been kept in isolation at BCB Academy premises and will join the members at the hotel after the COVID-19 tests on Monday. Two cases have been identified as 'borderline negative' according to BCB with one of the players showing COVID-19 symptoms.

"As per the COVID-19 management guideline and to maintain bio-secure environment standards, the symptomatic individual along with all the players who have been in close contact with him recently, have been isolated until the next test on September 22,'' the board said.

Cricbuzz has learnt that Mehidy Hasan has also joined the camp despite his wife expecting their first child after his request to skip the camp was rejected by the board. "He wanted a leave as his wife is expecting but later decided not to go after understanding the implication as he is expected to travel to Sri Lanka," a member of the selection panel confirmed to Cricbuzz.

Mahmudullah, who is eyeing a comeback in the Test format, acknowledged he is itching to get back. "The team is excited to be back as at the end of the day it is a team game and it is useful when you got to enjoy the work with the colleagues," he said.

"We had to keep busy with running and gym during the time lockdown and couldn't do skill practice. Later we had individual skill sessions for a few weeks and now have started training as a team and it is good."

Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka, which was scheduled for July-August, was postponed because of the pandemic. They are now expected to travel to Sri Lanka on September 27 with the series starting on October 23. The opening two Test matches will be played in Kandy while the last Test is expected to be played in Colombo. Bangladesh will also play a practice match against Sri Lanka A from October 18.

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